A Dash of Chels

A Lifestyle Diary

New Hair, Same Me + got2b®

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September 09, 2019
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #got2batTarget #sponsored


Much like the fashion industry, hair trends are always changing. It's another form of expression to the world around you! The marvelous thing about hair is you can continually change it. Just make sure you're treating it well and not like an ex-boyfriend! I have been experimenting with my own hair since I was a teenager. (Sadly, I don't think I can ever pull off being a redhead ha!) For a long time I have wanted a vivid hair color, but could never take the plunge. I mean there are so many pretty colors in the rainbow, how do you choose?!





That's why when I saw Schwarzkopf got2b® Amethyst Chrome at Target, I knew I had finally found THE color. This multi-dimensional color is formulated with metallic-shine booster, for cool, shimmering tones. Which is perfect for naturally warm hair tones, like mine! Its anti-fading effect is excellent for summertime, since I'm in the sun + water a lot. Not to mention, is there a better way to try a vibrant color than in the comfort of your own home?



The entire process was easy and convenient, for a busy person like myself. It's 2019, so I know that convenience is key these days! I followed the package directions, did a patch test and viola! 30 minutes later I had the hair of my dreams. The anticipation of seeing my new hair was so thrilling! I knew that I would immediately want to style it.



Tips for achieving my desired hair:
-You may need 2 boxes if you have thick or long hair.
-Make sure your hair isn't newly washed.
-And read all of the instructions!




Have you ever colored your hair? Or have you been dying to try a new color? Let me know in the comments and say goodbye to boring colors with got2b® Metallics - the easiest way to transform your hair in the comfort of your own home. Celebrate afterwards with a killer outfit and a disco ball.

(And invite me!)


How to Spend the Best 48 Hours in NYC

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July 08, 2019

You will never guess what I am doing as I write this post... traveling! I know, I know. If you know anything about me, you know that my husband and I LOVE to travel. We feel incredibly lucky to be able to do so. Flexibility has helped us to travel pretty affordably. We usually happen upon really great airline tickets, but I’ll save those tips for another post! With how much we travel, I thought why not help other people make the most of their trips? Specifically, in 48 hours.

First things first. What do you travel for? I ask this, because that usually decides what you want to see and do the most. Do you live for seeing major landmarks and tourist attractions? Are you a foodie who wants to hang with the locals? Do you love to shop and seek to find charming markets? Whatever the case may be, this definitely helps narrow down a more specific list for your trip! I'll list specific tips for each below!

For Chad and I, we love to eat! The first thing we do when planning a trip is make a list of unique and locally loved restaurants. (Tip: We share a Note on our iPhones, which makes keeping a list pretty handy!) And that's exactly what we did.We started by asking for recommendations from friends and family, but also just knew of some places we wanted to go. If all else fails, ask the locals! Most people are friendly enough to mention their favorite restaurant in the area. It is NYC, so you're bound to find great food on every block! Which brings me to our first stop in NYC: Please Don’t Tell.


It's a quaint restaurant front, but head to the phone booth and get on the line. You'll be pleasantly surprised what you hear (and find) on the other side! Try not to Google it and ruin the surprise, but even if you do I think you'll still want to go! Fun for both drinks and food. The food menu is not large, in fact, it's mainly gourmet hot dogs. (Which was fine by me because I love hot dogs ha!) The drink menu had a nice variety and prices were fair! I would say if you're on a time crunch, definitely at least go for a drink!

Next stop, Pietro NoLita, which in NYC jargon NoLita refers to the part of town called North of Little Italy! This was probably one of my favorite pit stops of the trip. All pink, everything pink restaurant/ bar? It has Chelsea written all over it! The inside is adorable and retro feeling, but is very small though. I would recommend trying to make a reservation or going during the day on a weekday! The drinks we had were delicious and I regret not eating a meal here! We stopped in a few little stores and a bakery beforehand, so this part of town is perfect for exploring with no set plans.

                                
                                 

Sweet Moment, in the heart of Little Italy, has unique coffee, tea, and deserts! Most of their drinks are topped with adorable art too. Detective Pickachu had just come out in theaters, so my Thai coffee was embellished with an adorable Pikachu! (Or so that's what I like to think ha!) Like I said above, this part of town is perfect for strolling about and walking distance to Pietro NoLita. Quaint shops and great photo ops along the way.


Need to refuel, but don't want to sit down for long? Joe's Pizza is the perfect place! We stopped by the Times Square location, but I know there are multiple locations around the city. Chad and I both ate for under $10 and it was DELICIOUS. I wish I had hopped back in line for a second slice! The line was out the door when we arrived and I was weary to wait in it because we had a show to get to. So glad we did and the line went by crazy fast. I think we were in and out in less than 15 minutes. You know it's good pizza when even the locals are coming in and getting multiple boxes to go! There are tables to eat at inside, but it was so packed we ended up taking our pizza slices with us. Not a big deal, still tasted just as good outside! Make sure to take in all the photos of celebrities who have visited hanging on the wall!

Before I move on to activities, I want to mention a few fun bars we popped in to kill time! The Arlo Roof Top bar inside the A.R.T. NoMad in Manhattan was a treat. Enter the hotel and take the stairs to the elevators. (You may have to ask a server to take you up to the roof top.) While it is a breathtaking view of NYC in general, it's about as close as you can be to the Empire State Building which towers over. Part of the bar also has a glass bottom floor which was both frightening and fun! The drinks were fresh and top-notch, but a bit pricey. ($$$) Paid for great drinks with a great view! My favorite bar (also a restaurant) we found is called Dutch Fred's and is conveniently located in the Theater District. Perfect for stopping by for a preshow beverage. A very creative and impressive cocktail list resides at Dutch Fred's (I'm talking Harry Potter themed cocktail) and they're open until the wee hours of the morning!






If you're going to NYC to see a Broadway show, I have several tips that may help you score cheaper tickets! Chad and I ended up buying ours on Ticketmaster, but not before I did my research. First of all, most of the Broadway shows have "lotteries" you can enter. This will either score you free or dirt cheap tickets- if you win that is. I found this website most helpful for breaking down each show's lottery. Unfortunately none of us won any lotteries we entered, which was a bummer but it wasn't plan A anyway! If you're not on a time crunch, try stopping by one of the TKTS discount booths. They offer same day tickets at 50% off. You can also download the TodayTix app for discounted tickets- there are other apps out there, but I liked this one a lot. Standing room tickets are also an option and extremely cheap, but standing for 3 hours in the back wasn't really what we had in mind. Maybe if we were residents in NYC that would be a viable option, but when you're on vacation a real seat was 100% worth paying for! Depending how big of a fan you are, wait outside the theater until the actors come outside. There is usually a roped off bit of area for the actors/actresses to leave and when they do some of them will sign your playbill! I didn't know this until my second time seeing a show, but I thought it was pretty neat and worth mentioning!


Just like Broadway shows, popular live television shows also offer some form of a lottery ticket system. And even better, they're free! Of course popular shows fill up fast, like Saturday Night Live. (You'll want to enter that lottery as soon as the season starts basically.) But luckily for shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the lottery comes out just one month ahead of time! Make sure to get online and request tickets as soon as you can. They do have a wait list and or you can try to get standby tickets the day of as well. Groups larger than four people are not allowed and personal items bigger than a small purse are also not allowed. (We learned the hard way! The closest locker is about a block away if you forget.) I know this sounds silly, but do arrive on time. We cut it super close and almost left our friend behind so we wouldn't miss the show! (Sorry about that Woeppel...) I believe the earlier you arrive, the better your seat is as well. Overall, 11/10 experience and would do it again in a heartbeat!


Pop-up experiences in big cities have been around for awhile and NYC did NOT disappoint with their options! The Color Factory is an immersive, color-centric experience. With things you can eat, touch, and even take with you- this pop-up is truly for kids aged 1-99. Not to mention, they have cameras stationed throughout the entire factory and you receive all of them in an email once you're done! This pop-up moves around about once a year though, so even if you can't make it to NYC it may be in a city near you sooner than you think! Not sure where to find out what's going on while you're in town? This website is great for finding events, concerts, and festivals happening in NYC!




YES, we did do all of the above + more in about 48 hours. We scheduled a few of the important things like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but for the most part we were flying by the seat of our pants. You'll notice that I didn't mention any of the major tourist attractions and that's because we like to take the road less traveled! I mentioned just a few of our favorite spots we discovered, but of course at the end of the day, I think you'll have the most fun uncovering your own favorite places. I could go on and on about the Big Apple and how much I love this city. It's never the same experience and I think that's what I love most about it! So whether you're spending 48 hours or a full week there, you're bound to find exactly what you weren't looking for. That's kind of the point of visiting the city that never sleeps, isn't it?

xo


Weekend Travel Guide to OKC

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March 14, 2019

This post is sponsored by Roomkey. All opinions, text, and advice are my own. 

When traveling for a fun weekend getaway in the Midwest, most people forget about the little hidden gem that Oklahoma City is. Within the last five years, OKC has delivered an abundance of restaurants, bars, and hotels. We have modernized our districts and now have a plethora of charming, local shops. We even have a brand new streetcar! Trust me when I say, Oklahoma City has a lot to offer. Chad and I spent the weekend in our own city and still feel like there is always more to see and do. So whether you're a native Okie or a sightseer, Oklahoma City has a little something for everyone.

First things first. You're going to need a place to rest your head after eating all the finest foods in Oklahoma City. (Seriously- None Such was awarded 'America's Best New Restaurant' in 2018.) Chad and I found a hotel through Roomkey, the internet's only hotel search engine that compares prices and loyalty rates. There are oodles of great features, but one of my favorites is the ability to be alerted for dynamite deals at your favorite hotel through their “Price Alerts” feature! Just sit back and relax, while Roomkey does the work! You will be notified via email once they find a deal you won’t want to pass up. After I found a hotel, Roomkey took me directly to the hotel’s website where I booked our room. (I’ll share our favorite hotel in just a second.) BAM! Money saved. It’s hassle-free to book directly and you have the option to choose exactly what room you want. Booking directly also means that I don’t have to stress about my reservation getting lost. Roomkey simply curates loyalty rates that aren’t available through other online booking sites.



Chad and I are big time Marriott fans. There's just something about Marriott hotels that feel upscale, yet affordable! Did you know you can join their loyalty program for absolutely free? We signed up in a matter of minutes and had instant access to the special loyalty rates! Just by signing up, we automatically saved about $25. You’ll always save money by using a hotel royalty program! I used the hotel brand filter on Roomkey's website to help me narrow down the hotels in Oklahoma City. So it should come to no surprise that we ended up at the AC Hotel by Marriott in Oklahoma City- one of the newest hotels to hit the block! However, I also picked this particular hotel because of its fantastic location. Psst... there are restaurants, bars, and activities galore in this area! Most places are in walking distance, but of course Uber or Lyft are always a tap away. If you plan on driving yourself, just beware of paying for parking at most lots. Tip: Meters in Oklahoma City are free on the weekends!


Eats 

Like I said earlier, Oklahoma City's restaurant industry is booming. We have every cuisine you can imagine and they're all one-of-a-kind places. I'm going to list just a few of my favorites that are musts, if you are only here for the weekend!


Cafe Kacao $$ Open M-F 7-2:30 PM Sat 7-4 PM Sun 8-3 PM (405)-602-2883
This Guatemalan/ Latin treasure is a necessity if you find yourself in Oklahoma City during the brunch hours. The craft coffees are to die for and the traditional Guatemalan breakfast, 'Desayuno Chapin', is my go-to. I highly recommend calling ahead to add your name to the list, but if you're stopping by during a weekday you most likely won't have a long wait.


Cheever's Cafe $$ Open M-Th 11-9:30 PM Fri 11-10:30 PM Sat 10-10:30 PM Sun 10-9 PM (405)-525-7007
I'm a sucker for any historical influence a building has kept intact. Thankfully, Cheever's has kept a lot of that since it was originally a flower shop during the early 1900's. After admiring the art deco architecture, you will find that the flower case is still the center of the restaurant. Besides being historically interesting, Cheever's is known for their classic yet modern comfort food. A popular choice among Oklahoman's is the Chicken Fried Steak!


Empire Slice House $ Open M-Sat 11-2 AM Sun 11-12 AM (405)-557-1760
This charm of a pizza place is located in the Plaza District- a redeveloped art district with shops and awe-inspiring murals. By serving New York style pizza slices, it has won the hearts of many locals. They serve a wide variety of local, craft beer which doesn't hurt either! If the weather is nice, definitely check out their new patio area. Once you're overstuffed with pizza, you may want to stop by the neighbor's at Roxy's Ice Cream Social for some tasty ice cream.


Nightlife

Oklahoma City nightlife has quickly evolved over the last decade. Once Bleu Garten and Fassler's came along, we started seeing craft breweries and outdoor patios open up. (You'll definitely want to check those places out if the weather is nice!) But even in the last year, we've seen a lot of new concepts arrive that OKC has never seen before.




Banquet Cinema Pub Open Thurs-Fri 4-2 AM Sat 11-2 AM Sun 11-11 PM Tues-Wed 4-11 PM
This nostalgic movie theater opened just this month and has already won me over. They play everything from sporting events to cult classics. Once you've picked a movie, feel free to arrive early and grab a beer bite to eat. Who am I kidding, definitely grab a beer while you're at it! After ordering, you can head to your theater and wait for your food to arrive. P.S. I highly suggest ordering the popcorn with 'crack butter'!


Bar Arbolada Open M-Thurs 3-12 AM Fri 3- 2 AM Sat 11-2 AM Sun 11-12 AM (405)-601-8569
You know how I mentioned I'm a sucker for anything history related? I'm also a sucker for just a good story period. That's exactly what Bar Arbolada is. Started by two Okies who found themselves in L.A. at the same place, same time. Found out they had a lot more in common than the average two strangers and come to find out, they lived on the same street in Los Angeles: Arbolada. What are the odds?! Anyway, stop by and have a craft cocktail (rotates seasonally) and enjoy the atmosphere.


The Jones Assembly Open Thurs- Sat 11-2 AM Sun 10-2 PM Tue-Wed 11-12 AM (405)-212-2378
If you're a local, you know this has been a hot spot since the day it opened! For good reason too. If Chad and I ever have out-of-towners with us, we always bring them here for a date night. Craft cocktails, incredible food, and a rad venue if you're seeing a concert. Check out their calendar before you head to OKC to see what's happening. The must-have on their menu is the Scratch Biscuits- they're exactly what the name sounds like: hot-out-of-the-oven-mini-honey-butter-goodness.


Districts 

Oklahoma City has revitalized a lot of neighborhoods that were considered rundown not that long ago. All of our districts have a distinct and unique feel to them. You'll find local shops, breweries, and a slew of artistic murals. There is so much to see and do in each district that I recommend looking beforehand to see what suits your fancy. Most districts have events at least once a month, if not more, so you will easily find something to do on the weekends. I love that our districts are all relatively close together, which makes stopping by multiple very doable! Definitely take a ride on the streetcar if you have time to spare.


  • Automobile Alley Local shops galore. Variety of eats. Multiple streetcar stops. Parking can be tricky, but once you do find a spot, walking is very easy.
  • Bricktown In this district you'll find Russell Westbrook in. Stop by the Chesapeake and see a Thunder game. Lots of nightlife in this district, as well as family-friendly activities too.
  • Plaza District Restaurants and small bites are plentiful. Cute local shops for men, women, and baby. Tattoo parlor, yoga studio, and thrift shops!
  • Midtown Some of my favorite shops and restaurants are located here. Streetcar passes through. Walking is the best way to get around this district.
  • Paseo Arts District Known for their First Friday Gallery Walks, this is a pit-stop necessity for any art appreciator. Walking is best. One of the most unique and quaintest neighborhoods around.
  • Wheeler District (As pictured above) One of Oklahoma City's newest districts, with plans of it being an urban neighborhood by 2030. Right now, the main attraction is the former Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel. Hammocks and a snack bar make this place the perfect way to catch some rays.

There you have it, folks. A quick, weekend getaway guide to Oklahoma City. I have a mile-long list of recommendations if you plan on staying longer. Please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions. Can't wait for you to see all that OKC has to offer. Xo

Photography by Chris Paul Photos

Wooden Ships Story + Sweaters

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March 04, 2019

Have you ever loved a company so much you want the whole world to know about them? That's how I feel about Wooden Ships. Born from an idea after backpacking in Bali, Paola and Mark created Wooden Ships. A knit sweater company dedicated to sustainable and ethical production.

Let me start this post off by mentioning that I've worn this sweater non-stop since I received it and it has not pilled or snagged. I truly mean non-stop by the way; I wore it to brunch, to work, and even skiing! Wooden Ships prides themselves on high quality knit sweaters that make you say "WOW"! (Seriously, they keep a folder of emails from all their happy customers!) Can you believe that each sweater is made to order? Keeping no stock inventory means less waste in the world and a special piece of clothing made just for you. How special is that?

Since Wooden Ships owns their factory in Bali, they are able to offer their employees a lot more than just fair wages. Wooden Ships is able to give their workers free healthcare, generous vacation time, and honors local religious observances. They also give employees extensive training and room for growth within the company. For instance, knitting machines were traditionally operated mainly by men, but Wooden Ships has broken that barrier with over 60% of their operators being female.  You can always read more information about the generosity of Wooden Ships here.


Wooden Ships regularly donates to a multitude of charities, which is just another reason to adore this company. In 2014, they were able to raise $1 million for a plot of rain forest to help save the world's last 700 endangered Borneo Orangutans. They are 85% powered by solar- isn't that amazing? They also ship all sweaters in eco-friendly biodegradable mailers. Wooden Ships hopes to become zero waste in the future, and works towards that goal every month.


Today is the last day to order from the 'Lucky' collection to receive in time for St. Patrick's, but don't fret! You can shop their website 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (Psst...You'll find my Rainbow Crewneck Sweater in the 'Lucky' collection.) Wooden Ships is more than just a noteworthy company, they truly care about the world, their workers, and making people look/ feel good! You just don't find that kind of attentiveness every day.

Men's Under $50 Valentine's Gift Guide

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February 04, 2019
I put together a few of my favorite (or should I say Chad's favorite) items to give to the man in your life for Valentine's! You might recognize one or two of these items, but I really tried to venture out of the 'normal' gifts I give every year. (Although with classics like, Calvin Klein Underwear, you just can't go wrong!) Happy shopping friends! 
P.s. it's totally okay if you add something to your cart for yourself, right? Asking for a friend.


1. Wildsam City Field Guides I love these because there are several cities to choose from. All the way from the east coast to the west. It would be so perfect if you're planning a trip together this year. I've actually picked these up in store and they do not disappoint. Even if you don't have a planned trip yet, they are still pretty nifty to have.
2. Fossil Men's Leather Wallet You can't go wrong with a leather wallet. This one has amazing reviews. 
3. Herschel Supply Co. Toiletry Case Chad. Loves. Toiletry. Bags. Not so much shopping for them, but more so that he has another bag to put bathroom odds and ends in. When I met him, he was stilling using one from high school. Which do not get me wrong, I think it's fantastic it held up that long, but investing in one in adulthood is important. Quality travel items are a necessity for us. 
4. Jack Black Skin Saviors Set ...And to go along with that travel bag, get him this Jack Black gift set. It values for $56 and sells for $35. Totally worth it!
5. Set of 4 Beer Jelly This is one of those products that I thought was really unique. If Chad and I weren't doing the Keto diet right now, I would be alllll over these. 
6. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster This is one is SO cool. I really like that it's a great excuse to stay at home, watch movies, and cuddle. 
7. Custom Face Socks I'm guessing you may have seen these before, but I still had to throw them on here for that one person who has maybe not! I would make these with Lucy and Mochi's face! 
8. Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine I'm really hoping Chad isn't reading this right now, because this is actually what I want to get him for Valentines. And for the price?! You can't beat that with a stick. 
9. Couples Coupons I gave these to Chad one year and he thinks they are hilarious. He loves a perfect opportunity to use one, especially when he thinks I've forgotten!
10. Calvin Klein Underwear I added these because wow they are on sale for a steal of a price and also because Chad loves them. I bought some over Christmas and they were definitely not on sale like these ones are! Most sizes are in stock, so I would snag a pair while you can. 

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